September 21, 2017

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EPIC 2018 – SAVE THE DATE!
If you weren’t able to attend EPIC 2017 or maybe missed the General Session, you may not be aware that we announced our dates and location for EPIC 2018. Mark Your Calendars and Get Ready to Disrupt Ordinary! EPIC 2018:  October 15 &... [Read the rest of this article...]

EPIC 2017 IS SPECIFIC SEMINAR PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE
We have posted the presentations for these EPIC 2017 Independent Stationers-specific seminars on the IS website: IS 411 – Everything You Wanted to Know About Independent Stationers Don’t Sit on the Sidelines – Join the New A... [Read the rest of this article...]

HOW TO CLAIM THE 2017 HOTEL REIMBURSEMENT AND BONUS PARTICIPATION FUNDS
After EPIC 2017 is completed, here is how you claim your hotel reimbursement and bonus participation funds: Complete the Hotel Room Reimbursement Form, and submit it, along with a copy of your hotel room bill, to cora@independentstationers.coop.&n... [Read the rest of this article...]

GETTING BETTER AND BETTER!
EPIC BUSINESS ESSENTIALS ORDER POINT UPDATES As most of you know, Order Point is the one-system front-end that we use for many of our national accounts.  Order Point is a custom system by BMI using Microsoft Navision.  This is the only s... [Read the rest of this article...]

GSA BUDGET YEAR IS CLOSING SOON!
If you are participating in any of our Federal Government programs running through Order Point, please be aware that the last day to include sales in the 2017 federal budget year will be FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2017. We will process our last credit ... [Read the rest of this article...]

AMAZON LOOKING TO BECOME ONLINE MARKETPLACE FOR THE DEPT OF DEFENSE – ACTION NEEDED!
As you may have heard, Amazon has made an aggressive push into our local communities through contracts they are winning with local government and school districts.  Amazon is now looking to become the online marketplace for the Department of Def... [Read the rest of this article...]

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST MEMBER!
Join us as we welcome our newest shareholder to the Independent Stationers' family! #1305 1Source, located in Burnsville, Minneapolis, with locations in Rochester MN, Memphis TN, and Green Bay, WI.  Welcome Greg McLeod and team!

SHAREHOLDERS ELECT 3 DIRECTORS TO BOARD
At last week's EPIC 2017 conference, during the Annual Meeting of the Shareholders of Independent Stationers, 3 individuals were elected to each serve 3 year terms on the IS Board of Directors. Dallas Owen, of #434 Regency Office & Promoti... [Read the rest of this article...]

UPS REBATE PROGRAM UPDATE
Independent Stationers UPS program is improving once again!  Effective July 1, 2017 we will be on the tiered rebate structure shown below.  Previously all UPS spend generated a flat 23% rebate. Recap of new program: IS Membership Comb... [Read the rest of this article...]

IT’S TIME TO ORDER YOUR 2018 CATALOGS!
All IS members should have received a communication and electronic brochure featuring the details of our 2018 catalog program.  If you didn’t receive it, please let us know. Highlights of the program include: One catalog (the Cost... [Read the rest of this article...]

IT’S 2018 CALENDAR SEASON!
Time to Remind – it’s Dated Goods Selling Season!  At-A-Glance has made available two 2018 dated calendar flyers for your sales teams to use.  One flyer includes pricing, and is editable so your dealership can change the pricing... [Read the rest of this article...]

M-POWER Q3 2017 PROMOTIONS ENDING SOON!
Make sure your customers take advantage of these great promotional offers for Q3 2017 from participating M-Power suppliers. Also available are several product flyers for your sales team to distribute. All offers expire September 30, unless noted. ... [Read the rest of this article...]

SOCIAL MEDIA TRENDS WEBINAR SEPTEMBER 26
Just like search, social media is always changing and certain trends come and go. In this session we will explore the latest social media trends, including: The rise and use of video and live video for posts and ads Ephemeral or disappearing ... [Read the rest of this article...]

NEW VENDOR WEBINAR RECORDING - RJ SCHINNER
RJ Schinner is a leader in the wholesale distribution of towel & tissue, can liners, food service packaging, breakroom, and janitorial supplies. They have been providing these services for over 65 years and look forward to the opportunity of s...[Read the rest of this article...]

FACILITIES WEBINAR RECORDING AVAILABLE- SELLING BREAKROOM WITH SMUCKERS
JM Smucker will present a second, more in-depth webinar on “Selling Breakroom”. Agenda includes: -Importance of Coffee in the workplace -Consumer tastes are looking for bolder taste profiles -Consumers are looking to personaliz...[Read the rest of this article...]

FURNITURE WEBINAR RECORDING - FIREKING SCHOOL MEDICATION SECURITY
Schools in your market have an unmet need for student medicine storage and privacy.  Learn how you can be your customer's solution with the Fireking School Medicine Security Cabinet. Watch Recording[Read the rest of this article...]

VENDOR PROMOTIONS POSTED
The following vendors have posted promotions and/or SPIFFs [Read the rest of this article...]

VENDOR PRICE FILES POSTED
Vendor Document Library (VDL) Vendor related documents are posted to the Vendor Document Library.  It is restricted to only those dealer-users t...[Read the rest of this article...]

PAPER MILLS IMPLEMENTING PRICE INCREASES IN OCTOBER
The major paper mills have announced $2/CWT price increases for early October.  Notification letters from Domtar, IP, and Georgia Pacific have been posted to the Vendor Document Library.  See your paper merchant for more detailed informatio...[Read the rest of this article...]

NEWELL BRANDS RESTRUCTURES ITS SELLING TEAM
From Newell Brands It is our pleasure to announce to you that Newell Brands has restructured its selling team to provide better service to you and your customers. We streamlined the structure by creating a dedicated selling team which will provide...[Read the rest of this article...]

C-LINE CLOSED FOR SYSTEM CONVERSION - ORDER BY SEPT 22
C-Line is in the process of implementing a new ERP system and the conversion is currently scheduled for the first weekend in October 2017. C-Line will be closed for this system conversion September 27 – September 29.  To avoid this shut...[Read the rest of this article...]

AKRO-MILS (AKM) CONTRACT TERMINATES OCT 18, 2017
The contract between IS and Akro-Mils will end effective Oct 18, 2017.  Please ensure all potential orders are placed by Oct 11, 2017 to ensure shipment and invoicing occurs before the termination date.[Read the rest of this article...]